Deadly Friend Redux Coming in 3D?

You know what this weekend taught us? That there are no more sacred cows left in the horror genre. When the powers-that-be in Hollywood get it in their heads that they want to remake something, for better or for worse, there’s nothing that’s going to stop them. Even lesser hits look like they’re next up for the ever homogenizing remake machine. We know. You’re totally excited.

According to our Aussie brothers over at, Warner Bros. is developing a 3D remake of Wes Craven’s 1986 chiller Deadly Friend. Yes, that Deadly Friend — the one with the old Throw Mama from the Train lady getting her head exploded by a basketball.

“‘Deadly Friend’ is in the works – writers are toying with the concept now, producers are racking their brains trying to think who’d be an ideal proxy for Kristy Swanson (Hmmm… pretty robot girl… Kristen Stewart!?) and Warner Bros are likely hoping their ‘Re-Animator’-esque horror redo lends itself to a shitty 3D overlay.

We just cannot wait. Check out the trailer for the original below.

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  • Gus Bjork

    This ticks me off. Not because the original has any value. It doesn’t. It’s a terrible film in almost every way a film can be terrible. And that’s the thing. At least with a good chunk of remakes (whether good or bad, whether you like it or not) there’s some of character or idea or even name recognition that you could at least understand trying to bank. There’s nothing with Deadly Friend. It’s not even a good title. The central idea is vaque enough (i.e. stupid enough) that someone could easily work around…like sticking a smart phone up a dead girls ass and set the ‘Revive Corpse’ application. It would make just as much sense as hammering a robot chip into her skull.

    This has got to be scraping the bottom of the barrel.

    • Floydian Trip

      I think what they’re banking on now is simply that it’s a remake. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to who love these remakes and hate the originals or alot of times never even bothered to watch the original and never will.

      • Gus Bjork

        I don’t recommend watching the original Deadly Friend. I can’t imagine the remake being worse. Well, I could imagine it but what I imagine is a sort of hell on earth Event Horizon type thing going on with the theater audience after being exposed to something worse than Deadly Friend.

        That’s my point. Even with Bloody Valentine you had a cool looking killer with his big ol’ pick axe. What does Deadly Friend have? A basketball? This goes beyond lazy or opportunistic. It’s just pathetic.

    • RingoJ

      “like sticking a smart phone up a dead girls ass and set the ‘Revive Corpse’ application”

      Couldn’t let this get no sold.

      • Gus Bjork

        You’re a good friend Ringo.

    • Vanvance1

      You make a VERY valid point.

      My only answer is that I no longer look to Hollywood and mainstream studios to deliver good horror.

      It’s best to focus on what is coming out of Europe or sometimes the North American independents. Horror is inherently edgy and mainstream studios can’t be that. Hell, they don’t really make anything I want to see anymore.

      The last set of horror blu rays I added to my collection (because they are all worth owning in hi-def) are ‘Let the Right one In’, ‘Splinter’ and ‘100 Feet’. I’ve given away my DVDs of said movies to help spread the faith.

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  • Tshoffie

    While i wont dispute wether this film could stand a remake or not the fact is that there is to many remakes and its killing the horror genre i mean lets all face it even if a remake is good in the end its just that a remake it doesnt really do much to move horror in a better direction and until people start getting smart and learn to be creative and original once again The Horror Genre is gonna be hurting in a big way

  • Terminal

    Wow. Um… wow. Well… um… I’ll say this: Deadly Friend needs a remake. That’s right I said it! I mean, the story was jumbled, messy, and did we ever learn what the hell happened in that final scene in the hospital? That made zero sense at all. Otherwise it’s a good movie for nostalgic value, but a remake could be good.

    As for the 3D implementation? Ugh. No comment.
    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

    • Vanvance1

      I’ll second that one.

      I remember thinking ‘The Amityville Horror’ could really use a remake as the original wastes some good concepts. Of course then the remake turned out to be just as awful.

      I have no problem with companies remaking films that just didn’t work the first time around.

      • Terminal

        The Amityville remake succeeded in being just as bad as the original. I’ve yet to see a good movie made about that whole hoax.
        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Vanvance1

          Give them credit for a seriously money making hoax. Even in 2010 people are just as gullible. Psychics are still making loads of cash.

          I know one girl who’s raking in an extra $800 a week bullshitting people with tarot cards.

          Idiots will believe anything.

          • FireRam

            My favorite, I mean she cracks me up, is that one psychic woman that used to be on that Montel Williams Show once a week.

          • Katsumi

            You mean Sylivia Brown? I think I might have butchered her first name..

            And I liked both the Amitiville Movies.. Wow I think I butchered that two, *Walks away from keyboard*

          • FireRam

            That sounds right.